Sharp Corp. is making a major push into the rechargeable battery market amid rising demand following the electricity shortages caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The company unveiled an emergency battery with an effective capacity of about 1.4 kilowatt hours on Nov. 17 and the capacity to power more than one large electric device simultaneously. It will be rechargeable using ordinary electric power sources and solar cells, a technology in which Sharp has a strong reputation.
The battery, housed in a 44-centimeter by 71-cm by 54-cm box, will cost 719,040 yen ($9,340) including tax and will be only produced to order. Sharp will be accepting orders from Nov. 30.
Sharp said the system could be used by private enterprises, public bodies and private households.
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